Over the last few months, since our baby boy arrived, the pups have been a little side-lined. Their walks haven’t been quite so long, and games of fetch have been shorter than normal. With that in mind, one of our New Year’s resolutions is to be better dog owners.
Since the start of January we’ve set aside more time for puppy cuddles, and have been practising our dog’s party tricks with them. They’ve loved all the extra attention, and they seem almost as relieved as us that the newborn days are over.
Despite the sleepless nights, piles of washing and the difficulties of the colic days, one thing we always kept on top of was our dog’s health, no matter how exhausted we were. Trips to the vet, flea treatments and dental hygiene, were prioritised, safeguarding the future wellbeing of our four-legged friends.
Before Harry arrived I set alarms in my phone for flea & worm treatments, and made vets appointments well in advance. We also stocked up with DentaStix, making sure our dog dental care is easily kept on top of.
Often overlooked, canine oral hygiene is very important, with gum disease causing dogs pain and discomfort. Caused by plaque and tartar build-up, an effective dental care routine is crucial to make sure your dog’s teeth are kept in tip top condition.
Manually brushing our dogs teeth isn’t an easy task, they squirm and wriggle away, and I never feel confident that I’ve actually done a good enough job.
After many frustrating attempts, we started to buy DentaStix with our weekly shop instead, replacing their normal treats.
Now I’m not sure just how sneaky other dogs are, but as soon as our dogs realise that we want them to eat something, then it instantly loses all its appeal. So with that in mind, we’ve always made sure our dogs earn their DentaStix, just as they would a treat.
They have to sit, wait, or shake a paw, and sometimes we even hide them in a treat hiding toy. The perfect deception, our dogs get excited when the DentaStix packet rustles, and their tails don’t stop wagging.
The unique X shape is proven to help reduce the build-up to tartar by up to 80%, so we can be safe in the knowledge that our dogs dental hygiene is in hand.
A recent visit to the vet has confirmed that both our pups are fit and well, with healthy teeth and gums. As much-loved members of our family, they’ve made it through the newborn days with us, and hopefully will come to be firm friends with our baby boy as he grows up.
This post is a collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice.